About Kathy Ellis
Kathy is a sixth-generation Jefferson County, Missouri resident on her mother’s side and her father’s family lines go back to the Revolutionary War. Her great-great grandfather Ellis fought against his brother in the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the Civil War.
She attended the R-1 School District (Northwest), and during her senior year, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen award before attending college and graduate school. After college, she lived in St. Louis County for several years before returning to Jefferson County to reside in Festus. Kathy’s father was the CFO of the Northwest School District and her mother, was a third- grade teacher. Her mother is 85 and still lives in House Springs.
Kathy has been married to Ann, a high school science teacher, for three years. Kathy and Ann enjoy hiking wherever they travel, working in their gardens, and volunteering for things they believe in.
Professional Training and Experience
Kathy is a psychotherapist (Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified in Clinical Social Work), as well as a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Experiential Therapist III. She has a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she was among the first group of women to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholar program, and a Master of Social Work from Washington University.
During her early career, she worked in the juvenile court system, in a federally-sponsored program for adolescents at risk, in a child welfare specialization training grant at Washington University supervising and teaching students, and was the director of Service Area G (Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Charles Counties) Missouri Council on Criminal Justice. She was the director of a women’s half-way house and worked at an addictions treatment facility before starting a private practice. In addition to her private practice, she continues to be a facilitator and trainer in the areas of domestic violence, addictions and recovery, experiential therapy, trauma and other mental health issues for professional organizations.
Volunteer and Community Service/Leadership
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